My set is maternal—I am thinking about family matriarchies, the realm of power in women's lives, how women wield power and the bonds between women in families.”
“The history of chess sets is that they used to just have King, Vizier/General, and other army figures,” Dodson explained. “The queen came onto the board about the same time as the appearance of many powerful queens in England, Russia and Spain.”
Dodson reflected on that change and decided that “my set is maternal—I am thinking about family matriarchies, the realm of power in women's lives, how women wield power and the bonds between women in families.”
Donna Dodson’s sculptures have been shown in nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions, she has received numerous grants, fellowships, and residencies, and her work is in the permanent collections of Provincetown Art Museum, the Art Complex Museum and the Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts and the Davistown Museum in Maine. With her husband, the sculptor Andy Moerlein, she is a member of the art collective “The Myth Makers”—but that is a whole other story.
Find out more about Donna Dodson at her website at http://donnadodsonartist.blogspot.com/
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CYNTHIA KATZ 7/29/2018 03:34:15 am
Brilliant! Love all the book resources and the whole concept.
ANDY MOERLEIN STUDIO 8/6/2018 04:30:34 am
Wow! This sure sums up the huge work Donna has been doing to build a conceptual frame for her sculptures within the architecture of the game of chess. Her focus on women in art and gaming, leadership and competition is brilliant. As we move to a gender neutral (equally gender celebrating) future we need to redefine the oppression within sex roles. Even on the chess board and in the game room.
DONNA DODSON 8/10/2018 07:44:45 am
Thanks for the shout out Marcia! Much appreciated! Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments too!
MARCIA SANTORE 8/12/2018 06:23:51 am
Thank YOU, Donna, for the story! And for all your sculptures, which make me so happy.
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I'm Marcia Santore, an artist and writer. artYOP! is a blog about artists and their stories, including mine. The artYOP! blog is currently on hiatus.